Banking on Srila Prabhupada


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GBC voted-in guru HH Jayadvaita Swami ("JAS") was asked how, if one has suffered through having a false GBC guru, one builds trust again in another one. JAS replied:

"Well, like doctors or banks or anything else, people get on with it. [...] Banks fail and people go to other banks. So many other things disappoint us [...] our doctor turns out to be a scoundrel so we find another doctor. That's the world."
(Interview, "Sinner to Saint", 12/6/20, emphasis added)

This analogy comparing a "good as God" diksa guru to a mundane bank that could fail leading to one losing all of one's money, actually means that:

1) Finding a guru in ISKCON is a matter of "Russian Roulette". You take a gamble every time you take an ISKCON GBC guru. Srila Prabhupada spoke about false gurus who cheat the public but he never stated that this should also be the system in ISKCON! Instead of failing and just trying again, one could instead just get it right the first time by accepting Srila Prabhupada as one's guru from the start, just as Srila Prabhupada ordered.

2) Similarly if your bank fails, you obviously then want to make sure you get one which will not fail. One could choose a new bank authorised by the same group that authorised your previous failed bank. Or choose a bank that is guaranteed to never fail. Srila Prabhupada is the guaranteed perfect choice for a guru.

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